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EPA Seeks New Ways To Measure And Explain Fuel Economy
EPA Seeks New Ways To Measure And Explain Fuel Economy

Like that old gray mare the kids keep talking about, fuel economy standards ain't what they used to be. We've seen this recently with General Motors' announcement of a 230 mpg rating for the Chevrolet Volt. We've also seen it with the Fisker Karma sedan, which announced a much more modest fuel...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Show Car
Unofficial 'Want' List For GM's Chevy Volt Tops 50,000

General Motors hasn't begun selling its highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt to the public just yet, but there's at least one unofficial waiting list for the range-extended hybrid (or range-extended EV) -- and it recently passed 50,000 names. Dr. Lyle J. Dennis started the "Want List" at More»

BYD electric car
BYD Back On Track To Enter U.S. Market With An EV In 2010

Interesting news from Asia today: Chinese automaker BYD -- the current apple of Warren Buffet's eye -- has revamped its rollout schedule for an all-electric U.S. vehicle. Late last year, BYD said it would launch the car by 2010, but the company recently waffled a bit, pushing back the schedule to...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Future Cars: 2012 Chevrolets Get Smaller, Greener

Two weeks ago, TheCarConnection toured GM's design studios for a sneak preview of the future cars and crossovers planned for Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick. We've shared the Buick 2012 and Cadillac 2012 portfolios with you, but what's in store for GM's moneymaker? At its core, the 2012...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Toyota Losing Ground In The EV Race?

An interesting article in the New York Times suggests that Toyota -- the same Toyota that's often considered to be at the forefront of the green car movement, thanks to its popular Prius hybrid and all those eye-popping, folksy TV ads you've been seeing -- is slipping in the race to bring fully...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt: 230 MPG City, 100 MPG And More Total

GM confirms that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will get 230 mpg city, and a composite fuel economy (city and highway) of more than 100 mpg according to draft regulations being developed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This morning, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson revealed that the...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Tweeted: GM Showing Buick Compact, New Cadillac Tomorrow

  Sometimes, General Motors is just a big tease. Last week, we had the first drive of the 2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo--and later this week, we'll bring you something special on the 2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, too. Today, GM's giving some bloggers a look at future products in its design studio--an...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Volt
GM Pushing The Chevy Volt On eBay?

When General Motors reinvented itself (on paper, anyway), the company's press release talked about selling GM vehicles on eBay. Unfortunately, that wasn't a done deal -- at least not from eBay's perspective. However, GM is still hot for the idea, and Chevrolet's Ed Peper has explored selling the...Read More»
GM Launches To Promote...The Chevy Volt

General Motors' formidable PR SWAT team and its newly installed commander, Bob Lutz, are amping up the ramp-up to the release of the Chevrolet Volt. This week, the company launched, where prospective Volt buyers, early fans, and slackjawed gawkers can learn more about Bob's...Read More»

Cash For Clunkers: Your Best Bets On This List

  If you happen to have a vehicle that's worth less than $3500 and are interested in purchasing a new vehicle, then the current Cash For Clunkers legislation may help you out. Provided it passes out of Congress and is signed by President Obama. Assuming that it passes, when you visit a dealership...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2013 Tesla Model S [photo: David Noland]
Car-Charging Start-Up Sparks Interest

From Elon Musk to Bob Lutz, many folks are amped about electric vehicles. Unfortunately, there are still lots of hurdles preventing EVs from becoming attractive to mainstream consumers. Not least among those hurdles: the little matter of charging batteries. Prepping America--or any country--for...Read More»

2010 Mazda3 MPS
Mazda Zoom-Zooms Down The Hybrid Road

It's been a strange year for Mazda--at least on the drivetrain front. Last summer, rumors circulated about the company's top-secret "Volt-killer": a hybrid vehicle with a combustion engine that powered an electric motor that in turn powered the wheels. Then in January, Mazda North America president...Read More»

Coda electric sedan
Take Car, Add Batteries: Tesla's Latest Sedan? Nope, It's The Coda

So here's an idea: Take an existing car, re-engineer it with a large lithium-ion battery pack, rebrand it, and sell it in the US as the first all-electric car of its kind. Aha, you say! The 2009 Tesla Roadster! Errrrr ... well ... no. It's the Coda, a new four-door, five-passenger electric sedan...Read More»

Illustration of GM's 1966 Electrovan Hydrogen Hybrid
Are Startups Better At Making EVs Than GM?

I laugh when I read bloggers' comments about General Motors being incapable of being able to engineer an electric vehicle. These folks diss GM for not being innovative. They diss GM for making money while building trucks and SUVs that American's wanted to drive. They write off GM as just being...Read More»

Volkswagen Plug In Coming
VW To Challenge Chevy Volt At Frankfurt

New from the land of good beer and brats is that VW will show a concept vehicle to face off against the Chevrolet Volt. The Chevy Volt is due out as a 2011 model, so the GM will be for sale long before any electric VW makes it to market.  In previous remarks, several VW executives have noted that...Read More»

Bob Lutz and the Chevrolet Volt
Bob Lutz Demos Volt For Letterman; Feast Of Crow Postponed

So as we mentioned, Bob Lutz took his show on the road last night--all the way to midtown Manhattan, to Late Night With David Letterman. Riding shotgun: the Chevrolet Volt. They were there to counter some of the snarky things that Letterman and Elon Musk said about the Volt a couple of weeks...Read More»

1967 Ford Mustang by Ben J. Smith
Link Love From The Car Connection: Tricked Out Ford Mustang, A New Popemobile, And 90+ Minutes Of Rally Crashes

Gilding the lily -- Love Mustangs, but wish they were a little flashier? Well, check out the one to your left: a 1967 model, tricked out with scissor doors and a retractable hard top, available for purchase on eBay. According to reports, it was built by Ben J. Smith, based on designs he'd pitched...Read More»

"Chevrolet Volt SS"
2012 Chevrolet Volt SS: First Peek!

  It seems like only last year that brought you the first, exclusive shots of the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt. And just yesterday that we drove the first Volt prototypes. That's because it actually was both, and yep, you ARE paying attention, fantastic. So look here: today...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
GM Asks For $2.6 Billion From DOE For Hybrid Program

A sobered, Wagoner-less GM asked Obama's Department of Energy for $2.6 billion in low interest loans. According to an updated business plan released by the company yesterday, the money would be used "to support the development of three new hybrid vehicles" says Automotive News. The three vehicles...Read More»

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